The slumping Minnesota Wild will have to move forward for the time being without captain Mikko Koivu, who suffered what the team is calling an upper-body injury in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
Koivu appeared to suffer the injury on a hit by the Blues' Vladimir Sobotka.
Koivu has a team-leading 24 assists and 33 points for the Wild, who led the Northwest Division for much of the first half, but are currently clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot after winning just two of their last 15 games.
He had a broken leg and broken hand which you can't really blame him for. The second shoulder injury in two years is a little concerning.
Really though, the team hasn't been healthy all year. Latendresse went out with concussion early November...Setoguchi went out with knee injury early December...Bouchard got a concussion mid December...Koivu went out with knee injury mid December...
And once those four guys went out, the team went to crap.
He only missed 11 games last year, and the last time he missed significant time was in 07-08 when Ohlund broke his leg. He's not even close to Hemsky's level yet.
Thank you for that clarification. He seems as though he has missed more. The reason I have noticed is because he is the straw that stirs the wilds drink. I always look for him when the Oil play the Wild.